Financial Aid Overview

Let’s find ways to fund your education.

There’s plenty of help out there for paying for college in the form of financial aid. Here you’ll find a list of the different types of aid available. For more detailed information based on your specific situation, please call us directly at 1.844.621.0900.

Federal Direct Loan Unsubsidized

  • Eligibility: Unsubsidized – based on non-need
  • Value: $21,500 each year
  • Total Lifetime Limit: $138,500 maximum undergraduate and graduate combined
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA
  • To Renew: Complete the FAFSA annually

Graduate PLUS Loan

  • Eligibility: Graduate-level students
  • Value: Cost of education minus other financial aid; unlimited maximum
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA
  • To Renew: Complete the FAFSA annually

Aid from Your State

Click here for information on grants, scholarships and other financial aid for college students from the state, including federally supported state programs such as Byrd scholarships and LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership) grants.

Military Benefits
SAU Online awards a 30% Army and Air National Guard Military discount. Some qualifying students may be eligible to have their entire tuition and fees covered through the Post-911 GI Bill. Spring Arbor University coordinates veteran and active military student benefits through the Office of Registration and Records. Learn more about Spring Arbor University military benefits here.

Aid from Your Employer

Many employers offer tuition assistance programs. Talk to your human resources representative to learn about aid that could be available to you.

Private Alternative Loans

Private loans are available through private lenders. It is recommended that you first complete the federal aid process to determine if you qualify for a federal loan, which often has more favorable terms than a private loan. To review some private alternative loan options, click here. Please note that you are welcome to select lenders not shown on the link above, and you have the right to do so under federal rules. If you select a lender not on this list, you will need to provide to SAU the information necessary to process a loan with the lender.

Tax Benefits

The federal government provides a number of tax incentives related to higher education costs. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has provided a summary of the available incentives here. Even if you have already completed your taxes, you are encouraged to review the incentives to determine if you qualify. If you have questions regarding the incentives, please contact your tax advisor.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Complete the form on this page or call us at 1.844.621.0900 to learn more about our tuition and financial aid options.